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Home of the Gators - March 6, 2020

Glenview District 34

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Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847)998-5030/Fax (847)998-5101

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Important Dates

Monday, March 9

Student Council Spirit Week

Matching Day - Wear something with all one color or a pattern

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Student Council - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10

Animal Day - Wear Something with an animal or an animal print on it

PTA Meeting at Glen Grove at 9:30 a.m.

Code Play Learn - 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Art Club (Paper Mache) - 2:35 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11

Role model Day - This could be a famous athlete, author or scientist

Advanced Band Rehearsal - 7:10 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

Heritage Day - Dress up to celebrate your culture whether it be an ethnic costume or a shirt with the flag or symbol of a country

Friday, March 13

Pajama Day - Wear your P.J.'s

Code Play Learn - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 16

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Tuesday, March 17

Code Play Learn - 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Art Club (Paper Mache) - 2:35 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

Advanced Band Rehearsal - 7:10 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20

Code Play Learn - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

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Note from the Principal

Dear Glen Grove Families,

I hope you know from communications that have been shared, District 34, along with surrounding districts, has been monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to identify any preventative measures we can put in place to protect our students and staff.

At Glen Grove, we have been particularly sensitive to how the extensive news coverage about this virus has been impacting our students. We did notice that some of our students expressed anxiety over the virus, some engaged in passing on misinformation about it, and some were making jokes and teasing their peers about having the virus. In response to this, our teachers took some time to talk to our students about the Coronavirus to:

  • reassure our students that they were safe.
  • accurately inform them about the virus in an age appropriate manner,
  • help them NOT to spread misinformation,
  • emphasize the importance of good hygiene, AND
  • remind them NOT to make fun of others – even jokingly – about this virus

We used a cartoon that was published by NPR and a Brain Pop video to help guide our conversations with the children. These were excellent tools and the classroom discussions were very well-received by all. I am sharing links to both of these resources with you below, in case you would like to use them to follow up with your children at home, or to help answer additional questions, should they come up.



We hope that by keeping the lines of communication open with our students about an abstract and potentially frightening topic in a developmentally appropriate and reassuring manner, we were able to ease some anxieties and clear up some misperceptions. If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Helena Vena

Note from the Assistant Principal

Hello GG Families,

For those of you I have not yet had the pleasure to meet, I am the assistant principal of Glen Grove School. It has been a privilege to work with your students this school year, as well as our wonderful staff.

A large focus of my role is Student Services (IEP and 504 management), however I also enjoy being able to support instructional initiatives with Mrs. Vena, and working with teachers to support all students as learners. Please know that my door is always open, and if you are in the building, I would love for you to pop in and say hello!

Additionally, if you ever have any questions in regards to Student Services in District 34, or questions in regards to support for your child, please know that you can contact me at any time. My email is and you can also reach me at 847-657-2301.


Stefanie Shefler

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Is Now Open!

Families of new and returning students can now complete registration for the 2020-2021 school year.

ALL students must register each year. Instructions and the online application are available at Register before May 22 to receive a $50.00 early-registration discount.

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Referendum Information Sessions

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From the LRC

March Book Madness

Students are casting their votes for the Illinois Children’s Choice Awards using a bracket system. Each week this month, students will receive Google Forms and have the option to participate. Third graders are voting for the Monarch titles (mostly picture books) and Bluestem (mostly chapter books) while the fourth and fifth graders are voting just for the Bluestem titles. We can’t wait to see which titles will come out on top before spring break!

BOB Pizza Party

The Battle of the Books teams are invited to attend an in-school pizza party on Monday, March 16. Members will need to bring a drink or any other food items (which could be purchased in the lunchroom) he/she would like to enjoy for lunch. Each student will be given 2 pieces of pizza courtesy of the Glenview Public Library. Teams will get to talk about their favorite titles as well as suggest some for next year’s BOB book list.

Summer Birthday?

Students who celebrate a birthday in the summer months will receive the Celebrating with Books form before the school year ends, the June birthdays will be sent their forms in April and July birthdays will be sent their forms in May. We greatly appreciate every family who chooses to donate a book to the library!

Are you interested in volunteering in the library?

We are always looking for people to help shelve books, organize the Celebrating With Books program, decorate the window displays and other special activities. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We will teach you all you need to know to help in the library. Volunteer once a week or once a month, it’s up to you! We welcome any and all the help that fits your schedule. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Funke, the librarian at or call the school at 998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

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Mandatory Health Forms For 2020-2021 Incoming 6th Graders

Please remember that all incoming 6th grade students MUST have a physical examination (within the last 12 months), including required vaccinations, turned in prior to August 19,2020. Your child will NOT be able to start school until the physical form is turned in. If your child’s health forms are already complete, you can turn them into the Glen Grove health office any time between now and the last day of school. They will be forwarded to your child’s middle school with their health file. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Hastings, Health Coordinator, at (847)657-2394. Click here for the health exam form.
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Click here for No Fuss Fundraiser
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Outdoor Recess Procedures

The benefits of an outdoor recess are many and Glen Grove makes every effort to see that all of our students go outdoors every day. Children are able to exercise, socialize and experience a variety of activities with friends and this all helps to enhance their learning experience. Starting the afternoon after a time of fresh air definitely improves learning, alertness and overall productivity.

Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for outdoor play. In cold weather boots, mittens or gloves, warm jackets, snow pants, hats and scarves are a must. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send in shoes for them to use during physical education. The wind chill factor must be ten or below or it must be too wet or raining before we cancel outdoor recess. The children are out approximately 20 minutes. Please note that children must wear coats if temperatures are below 32°F.

We are often presented with requests for children to remain indoors at recess, generally because of allergies or as part of a recovery from illness. If it is necessary for your child to be indoors at recess, a note from the doctor will be required. We appreciate your support and cooperation with our recess procedure.

From the Nurse's Office

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file a medication form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found under the Parents Tab on the district website in the health and wellness file. All medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. This also includes over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, Cough Drops, etc.

Just a reminder....if your child is out sick with a fever or vomiting please make sure they do not return to school until they are fever free or symptom free for 24 hours.

If your children come to school after 7:45 a.m. please have them come through the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:55 a.m. at (847) 657-2394! The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Parent Visits and Our Security System

We welcome any parents who would like to visit our school and we ask that you:

  • Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom.
  • All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identication (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office.
  • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a District 34 visitor lanyard when visiting.
  • Please sign out and return the lanyard when leaving the building.
  • If you plan to take your child out of the building during school hours, please sign him/her out in the office.
  • We invite you to eat lunch with your child at school. Please call ahead of time to make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Change In Dismissal Arrangements

​If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please send a note to you child's teacher. If you need to change arrangements at the last minute, during the school day, please make sure you call our office before 2:00 p.m. to inform us of the change. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of the school day. By calling before 2:00 p.m., you are giving the front office staff the time needed to locate classroom teachers and communicate the message regarding the pick-up arrangements for your child in a timely manner.

Cell Phone Usage Form

All students that carry a cell phone to school must have a cell phone usage form on file with the front office. Please fill out the attached form and send it to the Glen Grove Office. The guidelines are included in this attachment.

Cell Phone Usage Form

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Glen Grove

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the March Food Service Newsletter.


Follow Us on Twitter
We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, so we have launched a Twitter account. We invite you to follow us@GlenGroveGators for news on student, classroom, and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning. We also encourage you to share your Glen Grove school pride on Twitter using the hashtag #glengroverocks.

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